Former Attorney General Eric Holder was slammed on social media after he cheered on the “patriotic protesters” and declared that this is “our moment” to bring on “sweeping changes” in the nation.
The former Obama administration official got a reality check from Twitter users as he continued his commentary on the fallout from the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week, praising the Black Lives Matter protests and calling for a “movement.”
“We have our MOMENT. The entire nation has been galvanized. The patriotic protesters have done well and will continue to do so,” Holder, who served as attorney general from 2009 to 2015, tweeted Sunday.
“This is not enough. We need to construct a MOVEMENT that puts in place the structural reforms necessary for the sweeping changes that are badly needed.”
We have our MOMENT. The entire nation has been galvanized. The patriotic protesters have done well and will continue to do so. This is not enough. We need to construct a MOVEMENT that puts in place the structural reforms necessary for the sweeping changes that are badly needed.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) June 8, 2020
The self-described “wingman” for former President Obama has been vocal on his social media account about Floyd, who died after then-police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis. Chauvin and the other three officers involved have been arrested and face charges including second-degree murder.
My statement on the death of George Floyd and where we must go as a nation: pic.twitter.com/yypqrkqfSf
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) May 29, 2020
Holder did call out the rioters as “idiots” in one tweet, accusing those who have been looting, setting fires and generally causing destruction of “co-opting the righteous anger of those who truly suffer. ”
Protest makes change possible. But these idiots on the street destroying things have no intention of protesting inequality. They are co-opting the righteous anger of those who truly suffer. That anger can – and must – be channeled into efforts to make positive change a reality.
— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) May 30, 2020
He also accused the former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the arrest of George Floyd of lacking training or “humanity.”
“Officers who stood by and watched George Floyd die either did not receive training that empowered them to intercede or lacked the humanity to get involved,” he tweeted. “This inaction has to be called out and people held liable. Good cops pay the price for this. Mr. Floyd paid with his life.”
But Holder’s call to action on Sunday sparked fiery backlash on Twitter where many were happy to remind him of his own dismal record while serving in the Obama administration.
Apparently, the nation’s first African-American attorney general forgot his own scandal-ridden past.
Holder, who once challenged Republicans to a “knife fight” and declared that he and other Democrats were ready to ”rumble” ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, holds the dubious honor of being the only sitting U.S. Attorney General to be held in both civil and criminal contempt of Congress in 2012. Holder had refused to release documents to the House Oversight Committee that pertained to the failed Justice Department sting operation known as Fast and Furious. The program allowed approximately 2,000 weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected Mexican gun smugglers.
While many Holder fans gushed over his latest remarks advocating change, the career prosecutor was quickly reminded by other Twitter users of the failings of the Obama administration.
The first Black US attorney general, who served from 2009 to 2015, is now tweeting that we need sweeping structural reform. Where was that energy when he could’ve actually enacted it as the head of the DOJ?
Classic DNC performative nothingness.
— President Raprock Obiden Bama (@aturtlenamedbo1) June 8, 2020
if only you could have been in some position of power to do something about it…
— victim of capitalism (@joshieecs) June 8, 2020
He was to busy committing crimes to bother
— Jane (@CobyBlueBaker) June 8, 2020
That's a lot of word to say nothing. That last sentence in particular is especially devoid of content.
It's also worth remembering that you headed federal law enforcement and DOJ for years. That was our MOMENT. You chose to do next to nothing beyond some limp consent decrees.
— SomethingIsFischy (@edfischman) June 8, 2020
Look at who’s talking.
— Lethal Fiasco (@OwonaValere) June 8, 2020
Eric Holder the same guy that illegally trafficked guns to Mexican drug cartels with obama and got Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry murdered ! #FastAndFurious #JusticeForBrianTerry Fedup with demoncrat criminals getting away with TREASON. pic.twitter.com/E6zeoQGbFt
— Eileen ✝️ (@rayann2320) June 8, 2020
We need justice, something you never delivered. Go away.
— Tim Lighter (@lightert) June 8, 2020
Divisive people should not be trying to build coalitions.
— David Meroth (@DMeroth) June 8, 2020
Author: Frieda Powers